Welcome to the Verne Visitors Group
What's happening? The Verne is to Close. More info here
Monday 12 February 7:30pm
Dorchester Corn Exchange
Dan Godshaw, University of Bristol, recently produced a report for the Gatwick visiting group entitled 'Don't Dump Me in a Foreign Land- Immigration Detention and Young Arrivers' . This covers young men who arrived in the UK as children, had ILR and then lost it due to committing a criminal offence so it looks at the areas not addressed by the focus on 'refugees and asylum seekers'. The report was presented to Parliament recently and contains some really effective illustrative material which will make a strong immediate impact on the audience.
The other speaker will be Dr John Orrell, who will focus on the British Medical Asst.'s report on Health and Human Rights in Detention, drawing on his experience of The Verne. So we will still be able to offer our audience a really informed perspective.
There will also be a short video from Samphire 'Voices After Detention' and throughout the evening, Mayor Susie Hosford will be reading extracts from 'Refugee Tales'.
We are a group of people who have come together to provide support to detainees at the Verne IRC. We can visit a detainee at their request, providing friendship, solidarity and practical support.
We recognise the physical and mental hardship that is caused by being locked up for administrative reasons, and seek to raise awareness of the purpose and use of Immigration Detention Centres such as the Verne.
Together with other groups, we advocate for change in immigration detention policy.
If you would like to know how you can help, including by being a visitor, please go to our Get Involved page